3,394 vot­ers can­cel registrations

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Brian Ea­son

Nearly 3,400 Coloradans can­celed their voter registrations in the wake of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­quest for voter info, the sec­re­tary of state’s of­fice con­firmed Thurs­day, pro­vid­ing the first statewide glimpse at the ex­tent of the with­drawals.

The 3,394 can­cel­la­tions rep­re­sent a van­ish­ingly small per­cent­age of the elec­torate — 0.09 per­cent of the state’s 3.7 mil­lion reg­is­tered vot­ers.

But the fig­ure is strik­ing none­the­less, with some county elec­tion of­fi­cials re­port­ing that they’ve never seen any­thing quite like it in their ca­reers.

The with­drawals be­gan in earnest ear­lier this month, after a pres­i­den­tial ad­vi­sory com­mis­sion on elec­tion in­tegrity re­quested pub­licly avail­able voter in­for­ma­tion from all 50 states.

County elec­tion of­fi­cials told The Den­ver Post that vot­ers have typ­i­cally given them two rea­sons for the with­drawals: They don’t trust Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s voter-in­tegrity com­mis­sion, and they didn’t re­al­ize how much of their voter-reg­is­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion was al­ready pub­lic un­der state law.

“It’s my hope that folks who with­drew their reg­is­tra­tion will rereg­is­ter, par­tic­u­larly once they re­al­ize that no con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion will be pro­vided and that the par­ties and pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates al­ready have the same pub­licly avail­able in­for­ma­tion from the 2016 elec­tion cy­cle,” Repub­li­can Sec­re­tary of State Wayne Wil­liams said in a state­ment.

An­other 182 Colorado vot­ers signed up to be­come “con­fi­den­tial vot­ers,” a des­ig­na­tion that al­lows their in­for­ma­tion to be with­held.

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